The restoration of a lasting peace in Mali is essential for long term stability in the Sahel region and in a broader sense for Africa and Europe.
At the request of the Malian Government and on the basis of UN resolutions, in particular the UN Security Council Resolution 2085, the Member States of the European Union agreed to establish a mission to train the Malian Armed Forces (MaAF), in the framework of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The First Mandate for the EU-Training Mission in Mali was established in February 2013. In May 2014 the second Mandate was decided which will last until May 2016.''
It’s in the training center of Kolikoro that the main contingent of EUTM Mali is found with more than 400 soldiers. This is where an important part of the training for the MaAF takes place. It’s also the instructors based in Koulikoro who deliver the training in the Military Regions within the framework of the CMATT.
The 3rd mandate of EUTM Mali includes an extension of the engagement zone to the Niger loop and includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao. The objective is to deliver training and advice within the Military Regions, where the MaAF express this need. EUTM Mali has already organized 5 decentralized formations called CMATT (Combined Mobile Advisory & Training Team): two in Segou, one in Kati, one in Gao and one in Sikasso.